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Atlanta in Fulton County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Thrasherville

Where Atlanta Began

 
 
Thrasherville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Judith Barber, September 16, 2012
1. Thrasherville Marker
Inscription. In 1839 “Cousin John” Thrasher built a settlement called Thrasherville at this then forested site near the peg marking the planned terminus of the Western & Atlantic R. R. This railroad was later built by the State of Georgia to provide a link to the north for other Georgia railroads. While building northward near Griffin, the Monroe RR accepted John Thrasher’s bid to build an embankment to enable a future junction of the Monroe RR with the W&A RR. The Monroe Embankment, at $25,000 project, required about two years to complete. To fulfill his contract John Thrasher brought in many laborers, built rough shelters to house them and opened Atlanta’s first store. Atlanta’s first religious service, labor trouble, social event and baby are associated with this settlement. In 1847, the terminus was changed to the place now marked by the Zero Mile Post. Thrasherville, Terminus and Marthasville were the names given to the railroad generated settlement activity which preceded Atlanta. Thrasherville and Terminus were unofficial names; Marthasville was incorporated in 1843 and was reincorporated as Atlanta in 1845 and 1847. “Cousin John’s” settlement at this location is where Atlanta began.
 
Erected 1992 by Georgia Department of Natural Resources. (Marker Number 060-173.)
 
Marker series.
Thrasherville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Judith Barber, September 16, 2012
2. Thrasherville Marker
Marker is located in front of the State Bar of Georgia building.
This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 45.413′ N, 84° 23.544′ W. Marker is in Atlanta, Georgia, in Fulton County. Marker is at the intersection of Marietta Street and Spring Street NW, on the right when traveling east on Marietta Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 105 Marietta Street, Atlanta GA 30303, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1998 Shining Light Award (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Winecoff Fire (approx. ¼ mile away); The Eternal Flame Of The Confederacy (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fulton County (approx. 0.4 miles away); Dr. John S. Pemberton (approx. 0.4 miles away); Georgia Railroad Freight Depot (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Burning and Destruction of Atlanta (approx. 0.4 miles away); Immaculate Conception Church (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Atlanta.
 
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Thrasherville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Judith Barber, September 16, 2012
3. Thrasherville Marker
Plaque dedicated to "Atlanta's First Baby". Located beside the Thrasherville Marker.
Thrasherville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Judith Barber, September 16, 2012
4. Thrasherville Marker
Marker is located in front of the State Bar of Georgia building. It is out of frame to the right.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Judith Barber of Marietta, Georgia. This page has been viewed 507 times since then and 52 times this year. Last updated on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Judith Barber of Marietta, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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